EDMONTON, AB (March 26, 2013): The Wildrose Official Opposition is today calling on Premier Alison Redford and Health Minister Fred Horne to guarantee no bonuses of any kind will be paid out to Alberta Health Services executives before the end of the fiscal year.
After news that Calgary Board of Education officials approved a $1.5-million pay hike package for some senior officials, Albertans want a firm commitment from the PC government that no such perks will be handed, or have been handed, to AHS executives based on health system performance during the 2012-13 fiscal year. That includes pay-at-risk bonuses and variable pay increases. “Albertans are telling us loud and clear that this is not the time for bonuses and pay raises,” Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith said. “The PCs have just released their sixth consecutive deficit budget. They are taking us back into debt. Albertans don’t want to see health executives get the types of bonuses like those just approved by the Calgary Board of Education. We hope Premier Redford and Minister Horne will make this commitment.” Wildrose Health Critic Heather Forsyth asked Horne about the year-end bonus issue in the Legislature earlier this month but Horne would not rule them out. “It’s the front-line health professionals who are on the front lines making our health system work, not the health bureaucracy,” Forsyth said. “When we’re facing debt and deficits and when the health system continues to miss performance targets, there is just no public appetite for bonuses at this time. Minister Horne should rule them out unequivocally.”
This release has been modified since the original posting. Originally, the release stated officials approved a $15 million pay hike, which is incorrect. Officials approved $1.5 million. Wildrose Caucus apologizes for the error and any confusion it may have caused.